December 15, 2015 | Heavenly weather and rockfish are joined this December as mild temperatures have turned our stripers into hot schools of hungry fish.
Last Thursday, the rock were everywhere on top chasing bait. Lure casters and jiggers found acres of fish and clouds of feeding birds in most every part of the Bay and lower Potomac. Trollers using heavy weights found big fish on the bottom. There were tales of six or ten rods all going down with fish on at the same time, and many were double hook ups with tandem rigs.
Friday and Saturday found the fish less obvious in the Bay with little bird activity to guide the light tackle fishermen to the fish. Trollers, however, did very well trolling blind on the 40 foot edges. The lower Potomac on the Virginia side found breaking fish and birds, but most were less than the required 20 inches for lure casters. Trollers did find excellent quantities of 22 to 32 inch rockfish everywhere in the Potomac from St. George Island to Ragged Point and elsewhere.
There is a mix now of the big rockfish from the Atlantic, but fish in excess of 40 inches are still uncommon.
The temperatures and winds in the forecast for the rest of December are excellent, meaning each day will be special for fishing this rockfish heaven. The Potomac and Virginia seasons last until the 31st, and the season ends Sunday, December 20th for Maryland waters.